Updated: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:15:00 GMT | By Sean Plummer
You know me: When actors play themselves

Let's look at a few films where actors play themselves



Let's look at a few films where actors play themselves (© Rex Features)
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  • John Malkovich in Being John Malkovich 1999 (© Rex Features)
  • Everybody in This is the End 2013 (© Rex Features)
  • Neil Patrick Harris in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 2004 (© Rex Features)
  • Bill Murray in Zombieland 2009 (© Getty Images; Rex Features)
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How personal a role is for an actor is a question that has been debated since Hollywood began. For instance, was Bette Davis, as a washed-up movie star, playing herself in 1952’s The Star? But the phenomenon of actors playing themselves is a more recent trend, one really kicked off by John Malkovich playing John Malkovich in Being John Malkovich (1999). Similarly, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride all play twisted versions of themselves in the apocalyptic comedy This is the End. To that end, let’s look at a few films where actors play themselves… kind of.

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